No one runs out for a gallon of milk and expects to end up with a broken bone or concussion. But the truth is, grocery story slip and fall cases are more common than we might think.
Surprising statistics from the NFSI
The National Floor Safety Institute is a non-profit organization that works to increase flooring safety and reduce the number of injuries people suffer due to falls each year.
The NFSI states that:
- Over 2,000 people people slip and fall every day in the United States.
- One million people go to a hospital emergency room each year for injuries caused by a slip and fall.
- At least 12 percent of total falls in the United States are slip and falls.
What is the main cause of slip and falls?
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) (a government agency) reports that floors and flooring materials "contribute directly to more than 2 million fall injuries each year."
5 main causes of slip and falls in stores
Many hazards can contribute to someone slipping and falling or tripping and falling in a grocery store or other public place.
- Floors or aisles that are untidy or have misplaced product in them
- Peeling flooring, loose corners or warped floorboards
- Poorly constructed staircases, loose handrails
- Carpeting that has rips or holes
- Slippery floors: wet from cleaning, spilled products or fresh wax
Pavement and sidewalk issues
Not all slip and fall or trip and fall injuries happen inside the store or building. Many people are injured due to sidewalks that are eroding or uneven or potholes and cracks in the asphalt of a parking lot. The city, store owners, property managers and even employees have a duty to ensure that during the hours of operation public walking spaces are free from clutter, not wet or slippery and are safe to walk on.